The Van der Valk yard has completed the latest special project in its custom line, created for the Dutch company Waterdream, owned by Prince Bernhard van Oranje Nassau.
An impressive launch party was held for the very first California 52 at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. This stylish and bespoke weekender is already making waves in the yachting world, having been nominated as one of three final contenders for the World Yachts Trophies innovation award.
Designed by Vripack, the 14.62-metre (47.97-foot) Waterdream was built in just five months from the moment Prince Bernhard welded in the yard number 129 in person. Taking all necessary precautions in relation to Covid-19, the motoryacht was completed on schedule, showcasing the exceptional flexibility of the Van der Valk craftsmen.
Bram Kooltjes, general manager, explained, “This project showcased the benefits of our yard being able to take care of every aspect of a build in-house, from the aluminium hull to the finest details.
“Everything for the interior was developed in 3D and constructed simultaneously with the hull in order to meet the owner’s request for a fast delivery. Even though there were small delays from suppliers outside the Netherlands due to coronavirus, any staff waiting for specific parts to proceed has the talent and skills to work on another area in the meantime.”